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review 2017-07-14 16:51
Great Installment in the Harry Bosch Universe
City of Bones - Michael Connelly

 

 

 

I definitely enjoyed "City of Bones." I really enjoyed this look at what it was that caused Harry Bosch to retire from the LAPD. I'm safe to think about what could have been though when you see a more thoughtful and happy Harry in this one.

 

Bosch is still teamed up with J. Edgar in this one (book Edgar still sucks) and they get called in when a bone is found up in the hills. When it becomes clear they are looking at human remains, Bosch is thrown into a high profile case that the LAPD just wants closed and doesn't seem to care about the truth. But long time readers know that is all Harry cares about. 

 

Besides the high pressure case, we also have Bosch undertaking another romance in this one that I liked. Connelly always seems reluctant to me in showing Bosch in a relationship. Even when he does show bits of it, he seems to skip over showing any type of romance. Instead it also seems to fade to black. When Bosch gets involved with a rookie cop named Julia Brasher, it felt like the first time in a while we had him connect with someone.

 

The writing was great and I couldn't put this book down. It was honestly hard to stop. I think that was mostly because I felt invested in finding out who was responsible for the death of the victim in this one, and there was so many other layers to peel back here. 

 

The flow was top notch though the ending felt a but abrupt. 

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text 2017-07-14 01:20
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
City of Bones - Michael Connelly

Finally got caught up with updates. Finished this at 93/94 percent. The book moved very fast there at the end. What a grim resolution. Really enjoyed this case. 

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text 2017-07-14 00:54
Reading progress update: I've read 79%.
City of Bones - Michael Connelly

I'm weirdly liking Bosch in this and pitying him. He had someone that I think he could have grown close to. The investigation that leads to identifying the bones of a young boy is moving quickly. I really don't know how his is going to end. I'm also shocked at how much I don't like J Edgar in the books. He just reads as lazy and a jerk.

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text 2017-07-12 19:36
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
City of Bones - Michael Connelly

Gives BL a hard stare.

 

So far an interesting read. I skipped over this earlier in the year since I had read it several years ago. Now I just want to re-read so I can show it as read on Goodreads and BL.

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review 2017-06-09 00:00
City of Bones
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare Entertaining YA is what this book is. Nothing original or profound, but definitely entertaining.

The book is an interesting blend of Harry Potter, Supernatural, Twilight, and - for obvious reasons - Star Wars. I knew where the story was headed from early on, because the author isn't exactly skimping on the hints. In a way the "twist" was even a welcome direction to take, all things considered.

Character-wise the book seemed to limp a little bit. Clary and Jace aren't really relatable and they are actually pretty annoying in parts, but luckily the sidekicks have more promoise for the future. I would like to see something from the point of view of Simon, Alec, Isabelle or even Hodge (why not even Church?)

If anything, this first installment in the series gives the followups a lot to improve on. I'll definitely be reading on.

(Also, the writing style is pretty fanfictiony some how. Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing if you're looking for a light read - just that if you don't like fan fiction, you prolly won't like this either.)

Re-read June/2017 - This was somehow better the second time around, having now read it with lower expectations.
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